Collins dictionary definition of holistic: considering the complete person or animal, physically and mentally in the treatment of an illness.
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Dom John Main - the founder of the modern Christian Meditation movement. John Main rediscovered the authentic practice of mantra-based christian meditation by studying the ancient works of John Cassian.
Visit - the World Community for Christian Meditation website.
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Bere Island: The birth place of Laurence Freeman's mother and a place to which he has returned from time to time for periods of prayer and solitude. In his book “Jesus, the Teacher Within”, Laurence uses his rediscovery of the island as an allegory of the search for personal identity and the gradual separation of reality and illusion we all need to make in order to grow spiritually.
Hove: scenes from the sea front.
Laurence Freeman: a Benedictine monk and priest of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto, and director of WCCM. He is also the founder and director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, and author of many books and articles for the Tablet particularly, and a member of the Board of Medio Media.
Central London, viewed from Greenwich Observatory. Can there be space for quiet contemplation in a city like this? Well yes actually! Saint Marks Church in Islington, hosts the London Christian Meditation Centre. Cockfosters Retreat Centre also offers a range of meditation retreats throughout the year, and further meditation events take place at St Peter’s Centre for Meditation and Peace, at Vauxhall, and at Westminster Cathedral
Views, from Loweswater Village Hall. Usually, once a year in the summer, the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group meet here. The hall provides one of the most panoramic views in the Lake District looking up the valley that holds Crummock Water and Buttermere, to Great Gable, which is wreathed in cloud on this occasion.
The Newsletter is released quarterly and is the main source of information for many many members of the Community. In it you will find sections covering news of the Community's leaders, forthcoming retreats and events and a message from Father Laurence Freeman. Contact Saint Mark's Church if you want to receive it. There are details at the foot of this webpage.
North Staffordshire includes the City of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme and their surrounding areas. There are currently three groups in the area: May Bank (Newcastle), Longton (Stoke) and Stone.
Benedictines: John Main, the founder of the World Community for Christian Meditation, and Laurence Freeman, the Community's current leader; a sketch of the Christian Meditation Retreat Centre at Cockfosters and one of the corridors at the monastery of Monte Oliveto.
The Open Gate: a retreat house run by the Community of Aidan and Hilda on Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Courses and retreats on many aspects of christian spirituality are provided each year.
Oxford: Britain's oldest university town.
Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral was built in 1882 and is situated close to the City centre and the home of the Royal Navy.
Waterfall, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Autumn Colours, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Shrewsbury: typical half timbered houses in the town and plate glass windows in the cathedral
Lindisfarne Slakes, in the fading light of a late February afternoon. The tranquility of the sea and sky on this day, might remind us of our quest for tranquility of mind and spirit during meditation.
Staffordshire Moorlands at the southwestern end of the Pennines, provides an opportunity for solitude. The Staffordshire Peak District is distinctly quieter than its more famous Derbyshire neighbour!
Painted Ceiling, in one of the corridors of the Vatican Museum, leading to the Sistine Chapel.
Allergies are common today with many people as well as pets suffering from them. Allergies develop when the body’s
immune system over-reacts to certain substances in our environment these are called allergens.
When your pet is exposed to allergens it makes specific antibodies known as IgE’s. These antibodies bind to the
mast cells in the skin, respiratory tract or gut. After repeated exposure to allergens the mast cells release
a variety of unpleasant chemicals which are responsible for the signs of allergy.
The common signs of allergy are:
- Foot licking
- Facial rubbing
- Watery eyes
- Respiratory disease
What are the most common allergies?
Flea allergic dermatitis – the most common diagnosed in dogs and cats. When fleas bite a dog or cat its saliva
is injected into the animal and can trigger an allergic reaction. If your pet is particularly allergic just
one or two bites can result in an enormous amount of discomfort.
Atopy – is your pets equivalent of hives or hayfever, and may cause skin, respiratory or gastrointestinal disease.
Clinical signs in dogs usually develop between one and three years of age and onset is rare after seven years
of age. It may be seasonal occurring in the summer months when pollen counts are high, or present all year round
for animals allergic to house dust mites or some foods.
Cutaneous adverse food reactions – include food allergy and food intolerance and may cause signs similar to atopy.
CAFR can develop at any age, even when the same diet has been fed for many years. If suspected you may be asked
to do a dietary trial, in attempts to avoid potentially problematic ingrediants.
How do we diagnose allergies?
This is a complicated process. It includes a thorough evaluation of the pets history, physical examination and
tests to rule out other potential causes of skin irritation such as fleas, lice, mites, ringworm, bacterial and
If allergy is still suspected we may recommend more specific testing using an allergy test specifically for veterinary
use. A small blood sample is required. The test is carried out to detect antibodies (IgEs) against a variety
of environmental allergens which are recognised causes of allergy in the UK.
Is it allergy – what next?
When antibodies are detected and allergen avoidance is not effective a cause of injections containing the appropriate
allergens can be given over a period of weeks in an attempt to create a ‘tolerance’ and abolish clinical signs.
Boosters are then given to maintain this state of tolerance.
The aim of immunotherapy is, by creating a tolerance, to avoid the use of steroids, or at least to significantly
reduce the dose required. Successful immunotherapy can enable your pet to live a more comfortable life without
the risk of undesirable side effects.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from an allergy, talk to us as soon as possible to discuss investigation,
testing and treatment options.